cosmosdan, I’m going to disagree, respectfully, with your assertion that the electric car was good product killed by the company making it.
Even the most ardent supporters of the electric car admit that the current technology for batteries is very vulnerable to below freezing temperatures. I don’t mean that they break by being frozen, nor even that they’ll freeze in normal sub-zero conditions. But their performance is severely degraded by cold weather.
Similarly, the nominal range of an electric car is degraded a lot, if the area it’s being used in is especially hilly.
These two facts about the electric car mean, to me, that for current technology, the electric car had only a limited market area within the US. Which excludes the entire Northeast - a traditional home for many of the people who would have been most likely consumers for the product.
When one adds the legitimate concerns about environmental liability from the batteries - manufacturing, accident disposal, life-time obsolescence disposal, and remanufacturing, and the fact that the cars AIUI never seemed to sell enough, even with the huge tax breaks associated with them, to be profitable for the company making them - I’m not surprised it died.
Additionally, I think that while most people will admit that they do 90-95% of all their driving within the 70 mile nominal range of an electric car - most people cannot afford to have one car for local use, only, and one for longer travel. The obvious solution would be to rent a vehicle for the rare long distance trip, but I think that most US drivers would find that a huge hassle - esp. when they already own a car.